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NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? February 2018

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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15/2/18

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 15 February 2018

Part One below - Gigspanner Big Band at Harberton
Part Two - Other stuff
Part Three -
A full listing for the coming month
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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REMINDER  Friday 27 Aril 2018 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
From our 190 capacity, only 73 tickets remain available. Early booking strongly advised.
Harberton Folk is delighted to be presenting one of the few concerts that the Gigspanner Big Band will be performing together in 2018: a very special event featuring the Gigspanner trio of Peter Knight, guitarist Roger Flack and percussionist Sacha Trochet, augmented by BBC Folk Award winning duo Philip Henry and Hannah Martin (aka Edgelarks). This is a rare occasion where these two sets of dazzling performers get together and you can guarantee an evening of supreme musical excellence. Free on-site parking. Doors / licensed bar open 7.15pm. Tickets £18. Full details www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/gbb180427.htm. We will be arranging an early evening pre-concert dining option at Harberton's Church House Inn a short walk from the Hall in due course.

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Twice Knightley
Both the Steve Knightley concerts at The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor were 'Sold out', but Daf Edwards has had a few cancellations for both nights, so contact her soonest dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129  to fill the gaps (or join a waiting list if you're too late) for
Tuesday 13 March or Wednesday 21 March
Daf says: "The nitty-gritty: the gig is £18 and dinner (must be prebooked) - which will be a hot plate full of something created in the Cafe from good, wholesome and local ingredients - is £12. Doors open for diners at 6.30pm on both nights, non-diners are asked to arrive at around 7.30pm. The Cafe is licensed for alcoholic tipples and there will be ice creams, cakes and the like on sale too. I can particularly recommend the homemade cookies, by the way."
www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

***** Part Three - A full listing for the coming month *****

STOP PRESS: Cancelled due to illness
Friday 16 February 2018 8pm - Steve Turner - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX
(map)
Contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Saturday 17 February 2018 8pm - Winter Ceilidh with Heart of the Wood Ceilidh Band - Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, nr Totnes TQ9 7AY
Tiggy Saint’s new band. Tickets £10, U16 £5, includes a locally made pasty* in the interval and there’s a bar for liquid refreshment. Tickets from Blackawton Community Shop, The George Inn, bvhtreasurer@gmail.com or 01803 712159. * Gluten free or meat free alternatives if ordered in before 15 February from bvhtreasurer@gmail.com or 01803 712159.

Sold out Saturday 17 February 2018 7.30pm - Anthony John Clarke - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
A welcome return to Kingston Seasonal Concerts for the genial Northern Irish singer songwriter. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you think, with classic songs like The Broken Years and The Only Life Gloria Knows. Contact John on 01548 810806.
Coming in May: Jez lowe

Saturday 17 February 2018 7.30pm - Najma Akhtar's Five Rivers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Five Rivers" is a musical journey that starts in India with the Ganges, to Africa's River Niger, to the UK's River Thames, on to Ireland with the River Shannon and finally ending at the Mississippi Delta. Najma explores the synergies that resonate with her Asian - British roots by connecting vocal expressions of unrequited love through the waterways of voice, poetry and music. Najma's music encompasses World Jazz, Asian Underground, Delta Blues, Psychedelia, Rock, Western Folk, Celtic, Sufi, North African Blues, Irish Celtic nuances and more. Her bi-lingual Indian vocals create a beautiful marriage between the East and the West that is utterly compelling. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/428377. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee. Search on 'Kingskerswell' in www.wegottickets.com to see the venue's full and varied programme.

UPDATED Monday 18 February 2017 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Steve Jenner - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
With guest singer-songwriter Steve Jenner, a very fine wordsmith and instrumentalist. Come along and enjoy! Refreshments available.
Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.

Sold out Monday 19 February 2018 - Richard Digance - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The cost is £37.50 per person including a three course meal. The Not Bad For His Age Tour. www.facebook.com/events/1560526640627044. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

Tuesday 20 February 2018 7.30pm - Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow plus Ewan Mclennan - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Kit & Aaron are best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, their live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond, combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship. BBC Horizon Award winner, Ewan McLennan is a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/428378. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee. Search on 'Kingskerswell' in www.wegottickets.com to see the venue's full and varied programme.

NEW Tuesday 20 February 2018 8pm - Daria Kulesh - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
One of the most exciting new performers currently making a name for herself on the UK folks scene. Daria Kulesh is that traveller in musical time and space with her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage. She has been described as “bold, exotic, impressive" performer. Mixing her Eastern roots with Western folk influences, she creates an original and exciting sound, full of passion and magic. Her debut release Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal” and her second album Long Lost Home has enjoyed rave reviews, national radio play and multiple awards in the UK and Russia, including the influential music website Laurel Canyon’s Album of the Year. Support: Exeter based singer songwriter Ben Morgan-Brown; local band 'Fraich'Airs' with a mix of French and Breton music. For more information call 01392 881105 or visit the Club on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.

Wednesday 21 February 2018 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. This year’s Winter Tour will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material from their most recent studio album 50:50@50 celebrating their Golden anniversary. The concerts will also feature an opening performance by the wonderful singer / songwriter duo Winter Wilson, who have become favourites on the folk scene in the UK and as far away as Australia. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 22 February 2018 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
The beautifully melodious Paul Reid will get the 13th free concert underway with old favourites from his seemingly endless repertoire. Then Mahrey and Phil Berthoud will take us to the interval. Tonight this talented duo will be “Fiddlers on the Green” singing songs and foot-tapping tunes accompanied by guitars, fiddles, mandolins and ukuleles all expertly played. Interval. A mystery guest will get the second half started then we’re delighted that Janet & John are back. Refreshed after a week’s quiet retreat in East Portlemouth, Janet & John will be glad to get back to the bustle of real life that is Kingsbridge, and will be raring to entertain. As a bonus, they are going to invite all the evening’s performers to join them in a rousing end to the evening. No need to book; but please be seated by 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Thursday 22 & (sold out) Friday 23 February 2018 - Miranda Sykes - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
The acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won’t want to miss. www.mirandasykes.com. Tickets £10. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775. Some tickets still available for Thursday 22nd show.

Friday 23 February 2018 - Rebecca Loebe - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Rebecca Loebe is an Austin-based singer/songwriter who has spent the past decade on the road performing in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Along the way she has honed her voice as one of the Americana music scene’s most exciting new songwriters and earned a place on Alternate Root Magazine’s annual listing of The Top 10 Female Singers in America. She is touring all around the world to celebrate the release of her fourth full length studio album which has been described by NPR’s Art of the Song as “Rebecca coming into full stride as a sleek, polished, rough-edged woman…The word seminal comes to mind.” www.rebeccaloebe.com. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Friday 23 February 2018 - Hooper & Mills - Broadhembury Village Hall
With special guest Clive Sheard. An evening of acoustic blues. Tickets £8 door. Telephone 01404 758103. Doors 7.30pm. In aid of Citizens Advice.

Saturday 24 February 2018 7pm - Plymouth Morris Men’s 48th Annual Ceilidh with Piping Hot - Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
Caller Joan Holloway. Tickets £10 (includes a pasty supper), available through www.plymouthmorrismen.org.uk. Tickets also available for £11.07 via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/plymouth-morris-48th-annual-ceilidh-tickets-42151152231.

Saturday 24 February 2018 8pm - Keltia - Clifford Room, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
The six musicians that make up Keltia have come from different musical backgrounds, but all share a love of the music and mystery that hails from the Celtic lands. This evening will be a celebration of songs, tunes and stories of magic, love and myth from and about the Celtic worlds from these shores and way beyond. As the darkness of winter fades, this will be an evening to herald the coming light and spring. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk.

Sunday 25 February 2018 7.45pm - Edgelarks (Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin) - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Despite a new name and lots of new material, this talented pair will need no introduction to most of you. Winners of the "Best Duo" at the 2014 Folk Awards and with subsequent nominations, their originality, Phillip's phenomenal beatbox harmonica and slide guitar together with Hannah's fine voice guarantee a mesmerising evening's entertainment. £12.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sold out Sunday 25 February 2018 8pm - Martin & Eliza Carthy - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The good Doctor Martin Carthy and daughter Eliza join forces to perform songs from their first duo album ever. Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generation of artists including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and is a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Sunday 25 February 2018 - Fake Thackray - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
John Watterson is one very talented gentleman and relives the songs, stories and life of the genius that was Jake Thackray. Feb 25th is just two days short of what would have been Jake's 80th birthday. For the uninitiated Jake was, in his day, a daring and very different performer. His songs ranged from the touching and sublime through to the ridiculous and highly amusing, also covering some suggestive and controversial subjects - but every one of them a gem. John Watterson (www.fakethackray.com) does them all proud. He is an engaging and endearing performer. Tickets £10. Bookings please call Maggie 01803 855961 / 07770 806083 or email scotcraft@msn.com. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/428061.

NEW Sunday 25 February 2018 7.30pm - Caroline Spence - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
While Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America’s past, with the release of Spades & Roses, the young songwriter from Charlottesville Virginia proves she is every bit as serious. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival and American Songwriter Magazine, and garnered nods and admiration from both Miranda Lambert and her fellow writers in the Nashville underground, Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/416067. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Sunday 25 February 2018 8pm - The Moulton Brothers - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
The Moulton Brothers all born in exeter, will be playing lots of foot tapping and sing along irish and scottish music at the bridge inn, topsham. mac plays violin, mandolin and banjo, neil plays violin, and bruce keeps the beat with the bodhran, all brothers sing and sometime dress according to the song, lots of fun and brotherly banter to entertain you all evening. Free.

Tuesday 27 February 2018 7.30pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
While so many bluegrass bands go to great lengths to take the genre in different directions, the Henhouse Prowlers are content to just be really good at bluegrass. Tradition’s not a problem when you can sing and play like these guys do. That’s not to say the Chicago band is stodgy. They might wear ties, but they can tear it up.” ' If you've seen them before you'll be first in the queue'. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/428380. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee. Search on 'Kingskerswell' in www.wegottickets.com to see the venue's full and varied programme.

Wednesday 28 February 2018 - Steve Knightley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding.  Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Friday 2 March 2018 7.30pm - Ensemble Baklava and Radial Band - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
This collaboration between Baklava and Griselda Sanderson’s Radial Band is an exciting chance to see see two local bands for the price of one and at the same time contribute to St John’s window fund! A feast of music and exotic instruments from the Middle East to Scandinavia. More info on websites www.baklavamusic.com and www.facebook.com/radialband. Tickets £8 door, refreshments. In aid of St John’s Windows of Opportunity Fund.

Friday & Saturday 2 & 3 March 2018 8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and attracting exceptional acclaim for over twenty years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”. Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will perform material from her new album Wanderer, a collection of beautiful and moving songs, accompanied by her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life singing traditional songs. Legions of fans attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 3 March 2018 7.30pm - 'Twixt Land & Sea' - St Mary’s Church, Higher Brixham TQ5 0BU
A special project presented by The Friends of Brixham Library to celebrate the Cow Town St Mary’s Lottery project recording local information in and around the churchyard and the local area. Compèred by the Rev. Ian Blyde, the evening involves local duo Susie & Bill Trezise of ‘Harping’ Mad; ‘Flapjack Folk'; the local mixed choir ‘One Accord’ and the ‘Missin’ Tackle’ Shanty Crew. Tickets £4 adults (children free) available on the door on the night only. Tea, coffee and cakes available during the interval.

NEW Saturday 3 March 2018 7.30pm Charity Barn Dance with The Folk Orchestra of Torbay - Churston Grammar School Hall, Greenway Road, Galmpton, Brixham TQ5 0LN
Celebrity caller Hugh Edwards. Tickets £12 (hot pasties and salad included) available from Derek Brown on 01803 845196. Ample parking. Wine, beer, cider & soft drinks bar. In aid of Rowcroft Hospice and other Rotary charities

NEW Saturday 3 March 2018 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Multi-award-winning folk duo who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist; their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/428387. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee. Search on 'Kingskerswell' in www.wegottickets.com to see the venue's full and varied programme.

NEW Saturday 3 March 2018 9pm - The Kit Hillbillies - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Old-timey, good-timey bluegrass. With rousing vocal harmonies that smuggle in some darkly humorous local references. Instrumental tasting notes: Banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, double bass. Vigorous, expressive, and unvarnished, with a crisp percussive finish. Think Betty Stogs rather than Harvey's Bristol Cream. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 8 March 2018 - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Always engaging and far from predictable these ‘Two musicians at the top of their game’ (MUSIC RIOT) seek to push the boundaries of blues, folk and American roots music. Original compositions on slide guitar, double bass, harmony vocals and good humoured banter are cornerstones of their live shows. Between them they are very much on the world stage and have performed at Glastonbury, The Royal Albert hall, the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Bottle Rock,The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Cognac Blues festival, Cayamo and many more. Most recently Daniel toured the US with the Transatlantic Sessions. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 8 March 2018 8pm - Kent DuChaine - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A great start for our Music season 2018 with a Mill favourite. Sharing the stage with many of the greatest Bluesmen & Blueswomen including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker & Margie Evans, Kent has been described as “A Legend in his own lunchtime & a REAL Bluesman”, Mike Harding (The Mike Harding Folkshow 2016). Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 8 March 2018 8.30pm - Mitchell & Vincent - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The Westcountry duo’s fiddle and guitar playing has been described by Acoustic magazine as, “Stunning”, while Bright Young Folk praised their music for, "Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.” Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 9 March 2018 - Ange Hardy - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
Support from Maggie Duffy. Bar – profits to charity. Doors 7pm. Seats (not doing tickets) £12.50 available from Sarah via sarah.tobin@plymouth.ac.uk..

NEW Friday 9 March 2018 8pm - Geoff Lakeman - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Geoff is a leading exponent of Duet Concertina. He performs his own self-written and Westcountry songs, as well as a varied range of songs from other areas and other music from Jimmy Rogers to Richard Thompson. He is rapidly gaining great success as a solo performer across the country and is the support for the spring Show Of Hands duo tour. He is probably best know as the father of Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman, all of whom are nationally and internationally renowned as performers but the time has come for Geoff to claim his rightful place as a leading performer and entertainer in his own right. www.geofflakeman.co.uk. Support: TBC. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Friday 9 March 2018 9pm - Vince Lee & Becca Langsford - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Vince and Becca share vocal duties on a varied set of classic blues and self written tunes featuring Vince's authentic guitar stylings and Becca's driving washboard rhythms. They are influenced by the pioneers of early blues, Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Memphis Minnie & Blind Boy Fuller to name a few. Together they have played shows all over and tonight we are delighted to welcome them to our classy little corner of the Barbican. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 7.30pm - Jackie Oates - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Plus support from Si Barron. Welcome return for singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates, whose pure, haunting singing style established her at the forefront of the folk scene. As well as playing solo and with her own band, she was a member of the super-group 'The Imagined Village'. Having won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009, she now has six highly acclaimed studio albums to her name. www.jackieoates.co.uk. She will be accompanied by multi instrumentalist Mike Cosgrave, of 'Cosgrave and Banks'. Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv from artworks (Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk), £12 door. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including a Spring Céilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band (caller Kip Pratt) on Saturday 28 April 2018; South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 7 July 2018; and the Annual 'Twixt' Céilidh on Thursday 27 December 2018. See: www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing+balcony seated. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 7.30pm - Passamezzo - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Music from the Restoration. An evening of music, words and song from Restoration England to partner a lecture by top historian Ian Mortimer on 8th March (see www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk for more information). Accounts of the period come from Pepys, Evelyn and anonymous ballads describing momentous events, including the Great Fire of 1666 and Frost Fair in 1683. With theatre songs, tavern rounds, dance music and solos for the viol and cittern, and music by Wilson, Lawes, Locke and Purcell. Passamezzo gave us a hugely enjoyable concert in 2012, and TEMS is delighted to welcome them back. The fifth of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.

NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 8pm - Dick Miles - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Dick Miles has a deep interest in traditional music and is well known for his rendering of such great ballads as Lord Bateman and Tam Linn. He is also a skilled writer of songs on modern themes. Born and raised in Suffolk his East Anglian roots run deep: some of his best songs are based on traditional tales of the region. Now living in Ireland he has married influences of local music into his style. He is particularly well known for his singing at maritime festivals and performs in clubs and festivals throughout Britain. Support: Old Gaffers are a well established Acapella Shanty Crew based in South Devon singing at a variety of events performing ballads and rin roaring songs which encourage audience participation. 
Tickets £10 door, £8 adv reservation and info from Hugh at hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com or call 01626 775517. Future programme etc. www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 March 2018 7.45pm - Sara Grey & Kieron Means - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
From New England but having also lived in Scotland, Sara is steeped in the traditions of the USA, England, Scotland and Wales. she is an accomplished singer, storyteller and banjo player, mainly interested in songs that have crossed the atlantic. Son Kieron sings and plays guitar and together they perform traditional British and old-time American songs and tunes. £10.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 March 2018 - Sam Kelly - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Bristol-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 11 March 2018 7.30pm - The Bob Dylan Story - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
The new stunning and definitive tribute to a songwriting genius who spoke for a whole generation. Enhanced by a top backing band, the show lovingly and authentically recreates the many songs that made Dylan the living legend he is today, the way we all remember hearing them. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 March 2018 - Leveret and Spiro: The Eccentric Orbits Tour - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and instead they rely on mutual trust, listening and responding. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless. Spiro draw inspiration from minimalism and electronic music to “create ecstatic, interlocking, intricate musical patterns that are as hypnotising and beguiling as the most complex Fibonacci sequences” (Songlines). Their live shows feature intense ensemble playing which transports audiences on an exhilarating journey far away from their roots in English folk. This joint tour is a limited opportunity to hear the contrasting music of two of England’s finest and most original instrumental ensembles, and will include a unique joint finale. An evening of thrilling new acoustic music that combines consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Tuesday 13 March 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina). Be there or be square! www.exmouthshantymen.com.

NEW Thursday 15 March 2018 8.30pm - Claude Bourbon - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world. “A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”  Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 16 March 2018 9pm - Mae Karthauser - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
British songwriter with a rich, acrobatic voice and a distinctive circusesque piano style. Raised in a musical family and one of seven children, she began learning piano, violin and singing as a child, before going on to study at Dartington College of Arts and California Institute of the Arts in LA. Her training began classically, but quickly spread to music spanning Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Africa, North India and Java as well as in jazz, folk and more popular modern styles. Her songs are populated by wayward characters both human and animal and leap playfully between story and fantasy and hard social questions, asking for what is faithful in a world of mirrors. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 9pm - Lars Pluto & The Reavers - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Lars Pluto was born just outside Atlanta, Georgia to a family that was also a touring Southern Baptist Gospel Bluegrass group. "Music just was. It was everywhere when I was growing up...country, rock n roll, gospel...it's all mixed up in the air down there. Kentucky left me with a certain sound; Tennessee left me with another. It gets in you in the South and you gotta get it out. You can't help it. He’s been described as Honky Tonk Outlaw Country Rockabilly. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm - Tamar Valley & Launceston Male Voice Choirs - St Petroc`s Church, South Brent
Joint concert by two Cornish Male Voice Choirs, each with a repertoire of traditional songs, spirituals and songs from the shows. In support of Children`s Hospice South West. Tickets £7.50 available from
artworks (Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk) or Jeremy Wells tel. 01364 72180, or on door.

NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 9pm - St. Patrick's Night: Dumbo's Feather - Park Hotel, 114 Exeter Road, Exmouth EX8 1QH
Following their spectacular performance at The Park last St. Patrick's Night, Tonia and Pete booked Dumbo's Feather on the spot for this year's celebrations of all things Irish and so it'll be reels, jigs, polkas, songs and craic a-plenty in a sea of green

NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm - Tom McConville - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Award winning fiddle player and singer Tom McConville is internationally renowned for his fiery, heart-stopping performances. Winner of the BBC Folk Musician of the Year in 2009, he is truly the most original fiddle player in the UK. Blending traditional music from his home town of Newcastle with Irish, American and Scottish influences, he creates a sound that has jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical influence. His live performances are a roller coaster of musical delights; fast rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course great singing – all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style. Joining Tom will be English bagpipes and accordion duo David Faulkner and Steve Turner, a local duo with a national and international outlook. Steve and David have been playing together for 25 years and have performed at many events and festivals across Britain and Europe.
Box Office: 01392 277819. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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30/1/18

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 30 January 2018

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - One-liners for March
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Part One *****

***** Part Two - One-liners for March *****

Sold out Tuesday 13 March 2018 - Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm - Tamar Valley & Launceston Male Voice Choirs - St Petroc`s Church, South Brent
NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 9pm - St. Patrick's Night: Dumbo's Feather - Park Hotel, 114 Exeter Road, Exmouth EX8 1QH
NEW Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm - Tom McConville - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ
NEW Monday 19 March 2018 - Juan Martin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS
Sold out Wednesday 21 March 2018 - Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
NEW Friday 23 March 2018 -
The Furrow Collective - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND
NEW
Friday 23 March 2018 - Cosgrave & Banks - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
NEW Saturday 24 March 2018 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB
NEW Saturday 24 March 2018 - Police Dog Hogan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS
NEW Sun
day 25 March 2018 7.45pm - Gareth Davies-Jones - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE
NEW Sunday 25 March 2018 - The Young’uns - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS
NEW Sunday 25 March 2018 8pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF
NEW Sunday 25 March 2018 - Charlie Dore - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH
NEW
Friday 30 March 2018 - Edgelarks - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB
NEW Saturday 31 March 2018 8pm - India Electric Co. - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Our old friends Fairport are heading south-west again in May
Wednesday 30 May 2018 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
(map)
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. The band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'; and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television. Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.
Thursday 31 May 2018 - Fairport Convention - St Petroc's Church, Bodmin
A bit outside our usual coverage area, but probably a first for Bodmin! Doors 7pm. Tickets £20. Details www.intobodmin.co.uk/the-st-petroc-s-sessions.

20/21 July 2018 - 12th anniversary Chagstock Festival
Various genres, line-up includes Show of Hands. www.chagstock.info.

3-10 August 2018 - Sidmouth Folk Week - Super Early Bird Ticket offer finishing soon
Last few days of Super Early Bird Ticket offer. See www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk and sign up to receive regular e-newsletters.

17-19 August 2018 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Tickets on sale Friday 2 February, line-up announcement Friday 2 March. www.beautifuldays.org

Flaxey Green Website - www.flaxey-green.co.uk
This excellent Devon website contains a wealth of folk-related information in addition to an events diary, such as comprehensive listings for folk dance clubs, pub sessions, bands, solo artists, callers, musicians wanted/available, morris sides, a For Sale section (currently including a couple of melodeons, a Peavey KB3 amplifier and other sound equipment.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for February
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and a link to that pub's website for full details.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Tunelink - Evening Workshops in Traditional Music and Dance
Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm at The Mansion, Totnes TQ9 5RP

January 24/31, February 7/21/28, March 7/14/21/28
Tunelink is a community project that provides opportunities for engagement with traditional music and dance in the South Hams. It is designed to build connections between local players, dancers and venues through increased involvement in social music-making amongst people of all generations.
A series of regular workshop-style sessions led by project founders Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham will focus on traditional music and dance, practical learning through playing and participation.
The project will also work to establish links with other arts networks and communities, including bringing in visiting practitioners for concerts and masterclasses. This will serve the triple purpose of enriching the live music scene locally, widening audiences for touring artists, and creating personal and therefore meaningful links between musical communities potentially anywhere in the world.
We have a commitment to providing quality musical experience, and believe that communities and individuals will benefit from greater artistic expression and activity. For more information see www.facebook.com/TunelinkSW or email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com.

Worldunlimited Concerts at St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
I'm sometimes unable to list all the events happening at this venue (for various reasons), for starters the sheer number of events makes it difficult to keep track of things. The venue website www.worldunlimited.co.uk also appears to be out of action at the moment and the simplest way I've found of seeing a full programme listing is to go to www.wegottickets.com and use the Search facility for 'Kingskerswell'. then click on individual events for details. This is a very simple process and you don't have to go through lots of ticket sales screens to just find event information.

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UPDATE  Friday 27 Aril 2018 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
75 of the 190 tickets have already been sold - Please book in good time to avoid disappointment
Harberton Folk is delighted to be presenting one of the few concerts that the Gigspanner Big Band will be performing together in 2018: a very special event featuring the Gigspanner trio of Peter Knight, guitarist Roger Flack and percussionist Sacha Trochet, augmented by Philip Henry and Hannah Martin. This is a rare occasion where these two sets of dazzling performers get together and you can guarantee that sparks will fly. Expect a jaw dropping musical extravaganza. Free on-site parking. Doors / licensed bar open 7.15pm. Tickets £18. Full details www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/gbb180427.htm. We will be arranging an early evening pre-concert dining option at Harberton's Church House Inn a short walk from the Hall in due course.

Show of Hands Spring "Where We’re Bound" duo tour dates announced
"Where We’re Bound" duo tour. www.showofhands.co.uk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer: two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound. Dovetailing old songs with new, this is a celebration of the duo’s enduring impact on roots, acoustic and folk music. Show of Hands weave story and melody to create a spellbinding display of consummate musicianship. Multi-award-winning, and with five sell-out Royal Albert Hall shows under their belts, the original duo format makes a rare return to more intimate settings. Steve and Phil’s special guest is compelling musician and fellow Devonian Geoff Lakeman, chieftain of the brilliant Lakeman tribe.
Tour dates in our coverage area:
Wednesday 4 April 2018 7.30pm - Jubilee Hall, Chagford
Thursday 5 April 2018 8pm - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton
Saturday 14 April 2018 8pm - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard
Wednesday 18 April 2018 8pm - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for February
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and a link to that pub's website for full details.

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Coming up at The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Details in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk and full details at www.theflavel.org.uk.
Friday 23 March 2018 - The Furrow Collective (Folk at the Flavel)
Friday 20 April 2018 - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman
Saturday 9 June 2018 - Keith James: The songs of Leonard Cohen
Friday 22 June 2018 - Megson (Folk at the Flavel)
Saturday 15 September 2018 - Leveret (Folk at the Flavel)

Coming up at Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Exeter Phoenix arts centre stages an enormous range of musical events. See www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music for full details. The current programme includes:
Wednesday 28 February 2018 - Steve Knightley
Thursday 8 March 2018 - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro
Saturday 10 March 2018 - Mad Dog Mcrea
Sunday 11 March 2018 - Sam Kelly
Monday 19 March 2018 - Juan Martin
Saturday 24 March 2018 - Police Dog Hogan
Sunday 25 March 2018 - The Young’uns
Friday 20 April 2018 - Sound Of The Sirens
Monday 23 April 2018 - The Rheingans Sisters
Sunday 29 April 2018 - Eric Bibb & Band
Thursday 3 May 2018 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Saturday 5 May 2018 - Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings

Otterton Mill Music 2018 - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Otterton Mill has announced its new programme of music events, all on Thursdays. Full details see www.ottertonmill.com.
Spring – Upstairs in the restaurant – Tickets £15
8/3 Kent DuChaine; 5/4 Jess Klein; 19/4 Tom McConville; 3/5 Jo Harman Duo
Summer – outside courtyard – Tickets £17.50 including a glass of Mill punch
31/5 Edwina Hayes’ Mile Roses Trio; 28/6 Goat Roper Rodeo Band; 12/7 Paul Lamb & The King Snakes; 26/7 Boo Hewerdine; 9/8 Fred’s House; 23/8 Flats & Sharps
Autumn – Upstairs back in the restaurant – Tickets £15
27/9 Lisa Mills; 25/10 Rag Mama Rag

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Reminder for Gmail users:
As well as probably putting these circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), Gmail also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for December
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Pig's Nose Music
I've only just become aware that music of various genres has been taking place again in East Prawle, the interesting venue being the hall attached to the pub. Sorry I missed reporting The Wurzels there last Saturday, but there are still tickets available for:
NEW Saturday 10 February 2018 9pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map)
Mad Dog blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Early bookers can also book return shuttle bus from Kingsbridge via East/West Charleton or Frogmore. Full details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk.

Spring at Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Exeter Corn Exchange puts on a wide range of top-class events including comedy, various music genres, top tribute bands, dance, and much more. See www.exetercornexchange.co.uk for full details. Current Spring 2018 programme includes:
Wednesday 21 February 2018 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
Wednesday 11 April 2018 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour
Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - The Fureys 40th Anniverary Tour

11-13 May 2018 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Latest (23/11) line-up announcements for folk and country acts: www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk/news/latest-line-up-announcements-for-folk-and-country-acts.

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Folk music & song on Sunday evenings at Topsham Folk Club
www.topshamfolkclub.org / www.facebook.com/topshamfolkclub
2018 spring concerts at Matthews Hall:
25 February Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy; 25 March Peter Knight & John Spiers; 29 April Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston; 3 June Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage.
Singers nights at The Globe Hotel Malthouse Sundays from 8pm.
Concert tickets can be bought online at www.topshamfolkclub.org, also on singers’ nights or at concerts. All enquiries 01392 875332.
Sunday 21 January 2018 8pm - Topsham Folk Club Annual Charity Night - Globe Hotel Malthouse.
Topsham Folk Club 40th Anniversary - Come and help us celebrate on the weekend 5/6 May 2018. Details tba.

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Bad news / Good news from Widecombe Sailing Club
First the bad news: So popular has the Widecombe Sailing Club's next planned concert
NEW Wednesday 21 March 2018 - Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
proved (to its own 'members') that I hadn't even got round to listing it on Harberton Folk and it has possibly already sold out, but
the good news is that Daf has arranged a second date - contact her to check availability etc. for both dates:
NEW Tuesday 13 March 2018 - Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
 In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Gig only, or gig + delicious meal. Contact Daf Edwards dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 for details, bookings etc. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

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Session News
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
New addition:
Dousland (nr. Yelverton): The Burrator Inn, Princetown Road PL20 6NP (01822 853121)
Every last Thursday of the month, 8pm. Open mic with Adam.

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Exeter - d'Accord French & Breton Music & Dance
The d'Accord website has been closed down and interested parties are asked to use www.frenchdancedevon.wordpress.com instead for matters relating to d'Accord and other French dance and music in Devon.

Seaton - Jurassic Folk & Jam Sesssions News
The venue (
Eyre Court Hotel, 2 Queen Street, Seaton EX12 2NY www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk) the 1st and 3rd Wednesday meetings has apparently been sold but the current landlords are remaining, so the 1st and 3rd Wednesday meetings (1/11, 15/11, 6/12, 20/12 Christmas party) continue until further notice. The www.jurassicfolkandjam.com domain has expired and the website is no longer being maintained. For any other information, contact Adrian on 01404 549903.

'Roots and Shoots' on Exeter's community radio station Phonic FM www.phonic.fm
Listen on 106.8 FM and online on 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Mondays of the month 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Featuring the best in folk/roots music with a strong emphasis on local music - both live in the studio and recorded. News too of folk/roots events in Exeter and south and east Devon. We welcome contributions from musicians, singers and anyone involved with folk/roots/world music in and around Exeter. Most importantly, listen in, then get in touch to tell us your reactions and suggestions. Contact Roots and Shoots: Telephone 01837 871498 (Martin Henning), email m.henning@hotmail.co.uk.
A message from Adrian Bull
"I co-host the 'Roots and Shoots' radio show. I specialise in playing all things folk(ish) and am particularly keen to promote local artists and events/clubs. If you are a musician and would like me to play some of your music on the show, or even come on as a guest, then I would love to hear from you. I am also keen to have promoters, folk club organisers on the programme."

'Technical' Notes
1) I send copies of my circulars to several different email addresses of my own (Plusnet, Hotmail, Gmail) to help check that as many as possible are reaching their intended recipients. Last week the copy to my Plusnet address unusually finished up in my spam folder. Very occasionally a copy may disappear without trace. I have no idea why - the joys of email! Anyway, if you think you may be missing a copy at any time, you can always find the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk, along with the most recent circular(s).
2) A chance communication with a recipient of these circulars has revealed that Gmail, as well as probably putting the circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.
The person in question had failed to see the 'Christmas events' section in Part because of the above clipping.

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Session News
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
New addition:
Lympstone (nr. Exmouth): The Saddlers Arms, Exmouth Rd. EX8 5LS (Pub: 01395 265369; Ashley: 07799722607, bbmmusic@btinternet.com)
Second Thursday of every month, 8.30pm. Open mic. “We have two hosts – every player will be well looked after and good sound mixing provided.”
Change of Day (Temporary)
Topsham (nr. Exeter): The Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill EX3 0QQ (01392 873862)
Blues at The Bridge: Normally on the second Monday of the month, 8pm for 8:30pm. “Open mic and Blues Jam Session - acoustic only. NO Bands, but solo artists and duos are VERY welcome.” The October session will be on the third Monday (16 October), as pub has booked other events on the second Monday.

The Whitehouse Sessions: Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
The Whitehouse Sessions are intimate musical evenings with some of the best singer-songwriters around.
NB
Change of venue: This gig were originally scheduled to take place at Unit 23 Live in Totnes.
NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 8pm - Boo Hewerdine
We are very excited to welcome a big favourite: Boo Hewerdine, acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter returns to Totnes with new album “Swimming in Mercury” As a recording artist, Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group “The Bible” and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer. Early booking recommended. Support tbc. More info www.fromthewhitehouse.com. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from 07832 200980, katie@fromthewhitehouse.com or online www.wegottickets.com/event/417077.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for December
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

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Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS) Programme 2017-18
The three concerts listed below are part of a series of six, where the other three are all Baroque music: anyone who is interested in that too might want to take advantage of our subscription rate, which saves at least one third of ticket prices - effectively six concerts for the price of four. There are details on TEMS membership and the full programme on www.totnesearlymusic.org.
NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Blondel - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
A History of Dance in Music. Enjoy the foot-tapping rhythms and the rich sound world of shawms, recorders, percussion, curtals and bagpipes in this fascinating journey of ‘Strictly – Medieval to Renaissance’. Top wind band Blondel lead us through music from Gace Brulé (c.1205) via Margaret of Austria’s dance book (c.1510), and on from Henry Vlll and William Byrd to Playford’s Dancing Master (1651) with many anonymous masters along the way. The four members of Blondel have played with many major early music ensembles including Joglaresa, The York Waits and The City Musick. This is the first in a new season of six concerts presented by Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS).  Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.
NEW Friday 1 December 2017 7.30pm - Rosafresca - United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP
Music from the Time of Ferdinand and Isabella. Travel back to Spain in c1520 as Rosafresca perform songs and dances from the Palace Song book, the magnificent collection of over 400 songs known as El Cancionero de Palacio complied for Queen Isabella of Spain. From the political, religious and pastoral to the amorous and downright bawdy, most are known as villancicos and would have been performed originally by peasants in village festivities. Singer Hayley Guest joins the three members of Rosafresca who play an array of period instruments, including vihuela, recorders, percussion and cello. The third of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £12, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.
NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 7.30pm - Passamezzo - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Music from the Restoration. An evening of music, words and song from Restoration England to partner a lecture by top historian Ian Mortimer on 8th March (see www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk for more information). Accounts of the period come from Pepys, Evelyn and anonymous ballads describing momentous events, including the Great Fire of 1666 and Frost Fair in 1683. With theatre songs, tavern rounds, dance music and solos for the viol and cittern, and music by Wilson, Lawes, Locke and Purcell. Passamezzo gave us a hugely enjoyable concert in 2012, and TEMS is delighted to welcome them back. The fifth of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for August
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

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Ashburton Arts bids successfully to buy Ashburton Methodist Church
"Is it possible that you've missed what's been happening around the Ashburton Methodist Church. Along with a bunch of other people, I've been working for the last year (or more!) to set up 'Ashburton Arts'. On Wednesday I was stealing myself for all this work to be dashed, when someone with deep pockets would come along and outbid us. That would be that. When a bronzed guy, who'd apparently been seen driving his Ferrari around town arrived at the auction, it wasn't looking good. At our bid of £150,000 against somebody else entirely, the auctioneer said, “Going once, going twice…” then Mr Ferrari, sitting at the back, stuck up his hand and put in a bid of £151,000. We continued, with Francis Parffrey doing the bidding on our behalf right beside me. It crept up £1000 at a time. We put in a bid of £170,000 – knowing that we were getting very close to our limit. Silence. “Going once, going twice…sold to the bidder at the front” announced the auctioneer looking straight at Francis. There was a hush for a second. Then the church erupted with cheers! WE GOT IT. So, there is to be a new Community Arts Centre for Ashburton. Enormous thanks to everyone who has supported in any way. We're certainly still accepting donations, and will be for some time. See www.ashburtonarts.org.uk for donations and loans, or drop cash or cheques in at Ashburton Post Office for Ashburton Arts. Exciting times ahead! Best wishes, Andy Williamson."

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The following interesting item appeared in Steve Cunio's Somerset & Dorset Folk Events Diary email today - Have any Harberton Folk recipients experienced this issue yet?
"Do you use Gmail?
I've had a couple of emails from people asking why SaDFolk had started to send them Google Calendar invitations to events they had no interest in. I haven't changed anything here, but following a bit of searching round the Net, I found that Google had made this 'improvement' to their service.
If you have a Gmail account and a Google Calendar account and any email you receive contains something which Google interprets as an event you might want to go to, it automatically adds the invitation to your calendar and sends you an email about it.
To turn this off, you need log into your Google Calendar then click on the gear wheel icon in the top right, select ‘settings’ then look for ‘Events in Gmail’. Under that there should be a ‘Add automatically’ setting. Deselect that and the problem should go away."
Please let me know (by reply to this email) if you as a Harberton Folk recipient have experienced this issue. Thanks. JC

Anton Horwich's Macmillan Fundraising
Anton (from Folk on the Moor) completed the 23.5 mile Macmillan Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike and the sell-out Milton Combe Concert on 30 June raised just under £500 and my total now stands at £1771. A massive "thank you" to all who came to the concert (with apologies to those who missed out) and to everyone who has donated so generously. If you would like to contribute to this great charity, you can still do so at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anton-Horwich.

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Dartmoor Folk choir Lost Sound Chorus is looking to expand
Dartmoor Folk choir, The Lost Sound is expanding, after a remarkable year of gigs. TLS are looking for male singers, with choral/harmony singing experience, particularly basses. The choir offers vocal and performance training www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk. Contact Sandra email: sandra@singingandbreathing.co.uk.

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the 2017/2018 dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
23 Sept, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 6 Jan, 3 Feb
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings. September is not the usual first Saturday due to other commitments, and nothing in October.

Frequency of these e-circulars
A quick reminder that while I attempt to send an e-circular on a weekly basis, things don't quite always work out that way - work, good gardening weather etc. etc. get in the way sometimes. But I don't think more than a fortnight has ever elapsed between missives. So if you ever think you might be missing one (they do occasionally disappear into the ether - or a spam/junk folder), you can always check www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where the full open-ended Diary listings are always available, along with relevant parts of recent e-circulars.
And remember to use the 'Update subscription preferences' link at the foot of every email to change your email address if need be.

Final reminder: Important note re EE email addresses:
I understand that all email addresses @ any of the following:
Orange.net, Orangehome.co.uk, Wanadoo.co.uk, Freeserve.co.uk, Fsbusiness.co.uk, Fslife.co.uk, Fsmail.net, Fsworld.co.uk, Fsnet.co.uk
will cease to exist after the end of May 2017 and that users of these are generally being advised to use Gmail instead.
1) Do please update your email address using the 'update subscription preferences' link below to ensure that you continue to receive these e-circulars after the end of May. It would be great if you could also reply to this email to let me know you've made the change because MailChimp won't tell me.
2) If you change to Gmail, please note that Harberton Folk e-circulars may well arrive in the 'Promotions' inbox folder rather than the 'Primary' folder (if you see these separately). This is because MailChimp is a commercial email marketing tool (although fortunately free to use for relatively low-volume use such as Harberton Folk).

Last week's circular
The return copy of last week's circular I send to myself for checking purposes unusually finished up in my Plusnet spam/junk folder. I have no idea why. This seems to happen very occasionally. Remember, if you fail to receive a circular within a fortnight at most for whatever reason, the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Nothing to do with the folk context of Cuckoos, but...
...'Devon Birds' are very keen to hear of anyone hearing or even better seeing a cuckoo. Report your own or see where cuckoos have been heard or seen at www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/recording/cuckoos.

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Does your morris side need any new sticks?
Right, you've done May Day and the season's started, but you forgot how bad some of the sticks in the bag were. I have some well-seasoned, stripped hazel morris sticks available now, coppiced from our own small wood at Harberton over 12 months ago. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, near Totnes. Reply to this email for further information, price etc.

Important - Please Read
Somewhat disturbingly, I saw that the copy of this e-circular (and the test version I send beforehand) that I send back to my own main email address both finished up in my Junk folder for the first time last week. (The same has been happening for several weeks to the Somerset & Dorset folk events e-circulars that I receive from Steve Cunio www.sadfolk.co.uk).
I can only assume this problem is caused by a change in my ISP's spam filtering system which has perhaps taken a dislike to material sent using MailChimp, which is essentially a commercial email marketing tool, although free (and normally very convenient) for relatively small-scale users.
I fear I can do nothing to easily remedy the problem, so if you think you should be receiving my e-circulars and haven't had one within a fortnight at the most, please check your junk/spam folder.
On fortunately only very isolated occasions the return copy of my e-circular has disappeared into the ether entirely as far as my ISP is concerned, while the copies sent my Gmail and Hotmail addresses have got through normally (albeit perhaps arriving in the 'Promotions' folder in Gmail rather than 'Primary' / Junk folder in Hotmail).
If all else fails, the full open-ended listings (and recent e-circulars) can always be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Villages in Action Announcement
"Those promoters who were at The May 2016 Menu Launch will be aware that Villages in Action has been coping with an 80% reduction in its funding in the last five years.
Catherine Devenish, The Chair of the Board of Trustees, has regretfully announced that the scheme will be taking a pause in its activities after the end of the current spring season. The Board hopes to provide more information about the legacy of Villages in Action this summer. Please go to the Promoters area to find out more regarding the background to this decision and what the implications are. As our Unearth project is separately funded, we hope that it will be unaffected.
We want to express our gratitude to the promoters, audiences and artists who have made our events so special and memorable over the last 24 years."
[Further information can be found on the VIA website www.villagesinaction.co.uk.]

Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Featured pub venue: Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Plenty of folk music happens at the Bay Horse:
2nd & 4th Wednesday – Unaccompanied folk singing, preferably not from paper. www.facebook.com/groups/177074592312716; 1st & 3rd Monday - Sessions for musicians and singers; 4th Monday - Irish Session.
Also jazz, open mic, quizzes, and excellent beer etc. Tel. 01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com, www.facebook.com/groups/23742476306.

Folk in the South Hams
Free concerts take place regularly (2nd Thursday) during the winter at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge.
Various regular folk sessions of different types (general, tunes/songs, mainly trad tunes) take place in Churchstow, Frogmore and Kingsbridge).
After a change of management at the Church House Inn Churchstow, the regular 1st Thursday session there (run by John Connor) resumes on 2 February (from 8pm).
A full diary listing all the above occurrences can be found at www.shamstrad.co.uk.
John Connor is also the promoter of a concert at Kingston Reading Room on Saturday 18 February by key harp virtuoso Maire Ni Chathasaigh with guitar legend Chris Newman. Details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Also in Topsham, but not the Folk Club
Regular instrumental session (mainly English) at The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map) on the first Tuesday every month (not August) 8pm- 10.30pm.

Session News - Cider Bar, Newton Abbot
One I wasn't aware of previously, but which is already included in the extremely comprehensive session listings on www.flaxey-green.co.uk, and actually came to my attention through
Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com):
Regular second Wednesday 8pm, mixed traditional music session. The main genres played are English folk, old time and bluegrass. A very relaxed session in a great venue: Cider Bar, 99 East Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2LD. Tel 01626 354221.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 June 2016

This is an important 'Admin' message - Please read
concerning
Possibly Missing Circulars
(The usual event-full circular will follow in a few days, but new details of a Seth Lakeman gig in Exeter Cathedral on 17 December, already selling very strongly, follow below.)

I've spotted an issue which means some people may not have received the normal circular I sent on Monday this week.

For 2½ years I've been using the commercial email marketing tool MailChimp to send my circulars. For my total number of contacts and total monthly usage, this is free to use. But it does mean that some email systems might regard the Harberton Folk circulars as commercial promotional material. Gmail for example may put them under the 'Promotions' Inbox tab rather than the 'Primary' tab.

To help me keep a check on what is happening I send a copy of each circular to a 'normal' email address of mine (handled by my ISP, Plusnet [ISP = internet service provider]) and I send further copies to a Gmail address and a Hotmail address. Occasionally the copy to my ISP-based email address doesn't arrive. I have no idea why? Perhaps for some unknown reason it is categorized as spam and deleted (without trace). But I also send a copy to my wife's Plusnet-based email address - and that usually gets through when mine doesn't.

Last Monday's circular was different. For the first time in the case of non-delivery to our normal Inboxes, it finished up in both my and my wife's respective Spam folders on Plusnet's server.
Again, I have no idea what element of the circular's content might have caused it to be specifically categorized as spam (it may possibly have something to do with the number and type of links I include, but that is a pure guess), and I fear the same may have happened in the case of other ISPs. I can do nothing about this. I just hope it doesn't happen again.

But if you suspect you may be missing a circular, please always check the website www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where a copy of the most recent circulars can be found, now with a prominent link on the home page.

Session news
Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064)
Open mic: First Friday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.
[gleaned from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]

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Session/Club News
Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Regular 3rd Friday club. Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)
Launceston - Racehorse Inn, North Hill www.racehorseinn.co.uk
Live music last Monday every month. 01566 786916

Morris Sticks
I can supply limited quantities of stripped hazel morris sticks from our own small wood at Harberton, cut and prepared to order during the winter. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, or Hermes courier delivery. Email me at the address below for further information, price, estimated delivery charge (Hermes charge £7.69 for a 5-10kg package and £9.98 for a 10-15kg package). JC

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Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
www.dreamersfolk.co.uk/folknews%20kernow.html.
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
www.bodminfolk.co.uk.
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more
Folk News for Somerset & Dorset / Wessex
Sadfolk's weekly email circulation - sign up at www.sadfolk.co.uk (Steve Cunio)
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com (Tony Watts)

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Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

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Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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MailChimp 'Final Confirmation' text

Welcome to the Harberton Folk Email Circulation

Many thanks for joining our free and confidential service which currently has over 1500 subscribers.
Please email me, John Culf, at johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk to tell me how you found out about the website / email circulation as I'm really interested to know how the word spreads. Thank you.

If your are a Gmail user, please note that Gmail may put the circulars in the 'Promotions' folder rather than 'Primary' or 'Social' if your Gmail is set up to show all three Inbox folders.
Please also note that Gmail may 'clip' (i.e. truncate) long emails, such as my circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.

A new e-circular is usually sent every 7-14 days which will contain a selection of reminders and newly notified events, all extracted from the open-ended Folk Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (the 'website') listing all known folk concerts etc. for the area, along with details of folk clubs, ceilidhs and much more. Recent circulars and a developing draft of the next circular can also be found on the website.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

The circulation covers events happening over an area extending about 30 miles from Totnes as the crow flies in all landward directions, roughly the southern half of Devon in other words. The information is gleaned from various sources including certain venues' own emailing lists, my own website trawls and - last but importantly not least - input from you. If you know of an event that's not in the website Diary, do let me know, and the more notice you can give the better.

Here's a collection of links that may be of interest; many more can be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk (please tell me if you find any broken links anywhere):

Folk clubs
Brixham Folk Club - www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/brixham-folk-club
Folk on the Moor, Lee Mill, near Ivybridge -
www.moorfolk.co.uk

Seaton - Jurassic Folk & Jam - www.jurassicfolkandjam.com
Teignmouth Folk Club - www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Devon%20Folk/Song/Teingmouth_Folk_Club.html
Topsham Folk Club, near Exeter - www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk
East Devon Folk: www.eastdevonfolk.org - Information about various folk clubs, sessions and more in East Devon and beyond

Venues/organisations offering folk concerts (some more occasional than others)
Calstock - Calstock Arts -
www.calstockarts.org
Exeter - Barnfield Theatre www.barnfieldtheatre.co.uk
Exeter - Phoenix Arts Centre -
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk
Otterton Mill, near Budleigh Salterton - www.ottertonmill.com/musiclistings.asp
Newton Abbot - Kingskerswell parish church - www.worldunlimited.co.uk
Teignmouth - Teignmouth Folk Concerts - www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk

Informational sites
Flaxey Green: www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Masses of information about local performers, bands, gigs, events, folk clubs... and much more... throughout South Devon and beyond. Flaxey Green particularly gives excellent information about two areas that Harberton Folk does not cover: Pub Sessions and Folk Dance Clubs.
Harberton Folk: www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - Our own site, again with extensive, regularly updated listings for southern Devon

Devon Folk: www.devonfolk.co.uk - Devon Folk ("What's Afoot") folk listings, dance clubs, song clubs etc. across the county
Villages In Action:
www.villagesinaction.co.uk - Scheme covering 5 of 7 district council areas in Devon which helps bring quality professional performances including some folk events and participatory workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters
Somerset & Dorset Folk (Sadfolk): www.sadfolk.co.uk - Gateway to regular emailed folk information for Somerset and Dorset, including The David Hall at South Petherton and Bridgwater Arts Centre with regular major folk names, not too far from the east of our coverage area.

Acoustic Calendar for Wessex: An amazing "Guide to folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic" which essentially covers Somerset and Dorset, but also bits of all surrounding counties. Read more and/or download the full Calendar at www.folkmusicsomerset.co.uk/somerset_folk_diary.php. Also available by email subscription.

Folk on radio / internet
Folk on the BBC - A range of network (Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01phglj), national (Radio Wales, Scotland etc.) and regional folk programmes from the BBC is available online (see www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/genres/music/folk/player), and through iPlayer for up to 7 days after broadcast. A good example of a BBC weekly regional folk programme is Johnny Coppin on BBC Gloucestershire: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_gloucestershire

The Mike Harding Folk Show
The former BBC presenter now has his own show online (current and archives dating back to January 2013) at www.mikehardingfolkshow.com.

UK Folk Music www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk - an online resource whose output for a period included a monthly version of Folkwaves, the excellent folk music programme hosted by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson, formerly broadcast on BBC Radio Derby until the BBC dropped it in 2011. Listen at www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk/magazine/category/folkwaves.

The Music Well (formerly Radio Britfolk) www.themusicwellhome.co.uk is an online resource dedicated to folk. Extensive billboard and new releases playlists offer pure no-chat music, plus many archived programmes offer a wide listening choice.

Locally, Dartington's Soundart Radio 102.5 FM also webstreams at www.soundartradio.org.uk (or www.myspace.com/soundartfm). The schedule, which usually includes Merlin's weekly folk and roots programme Weds 8.30-10pm, is available on the website.
Exeter-based Phonic FM 106.8 and streaming online at www.phonic.fm includes a 'Roots and Shoots' programme (Mons 6-8pm).

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for ???
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
On that same page I shall also attempt to include a regular monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the
Bicton Inn in Exmouth
, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for September
will soon be available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

NEW Saturday 30 September 2017 8pm - Show of Hands - St Andrew's Church, Harberton TQ9 7SF nr Totnes (map)
Harberton Folk is delighted to have been able to seize the opportunity offered to stage a preview by Show of Hands www.showofhands.co.uk with Miranda Sykes of The Cathedrals Tour 2017, also featuring special guest Kirsty Merryn, in Harberton's village church. St Andrew's is a fine example of medieval architecture. We look forward to experiencing the lighting and sound system especially designed to enhance the ambience and acoustics of these grand old ecclesiastical buildings. All concert proceeds to the newly formed Harberton Church Community Fund (reg. charity 1172549) for the upkeep of this impressive 14th C building and the promotion of its use for community purposes in the future.
Free parking (at Harberton Parish Hall & Playing Field). No bar, but the Church House Inn is a few steps from the church door (drinks can be taken into church) and will also be opening the kitchen early offering a limited 2-course set menu from 5.00pm to 6.30pm specially for concert goers. Meals must be prebooked.
Full details at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/soh170930.htm.
Total (fully seated) capacity is only 200, including some restricted views. At the time of writing, 47 have already gone within 2 days of ticket release.